Even when a soldier is lucky enough to survive a battle without physical injury, he cannot escape unscathed when it comes to guilt and remorse felt over the killing other men. Xavier deals with many conflicts during his enlistment in the army. This highlights the difference between the two characters because Xavier strictly kills so he can survive through the war. His experiences burying these corpses kick-starts a deepening obsession with death. For Xavier being a quiet, keep to ones self type of person has not helped him in a place of authority to reach his full potential as his skill entails. As we read about his story, we learn more about the exhausting situations he had to endure.
Elijah becomes corrupted by the war which leads to his ultimate demise. There, he finds a mother and a child. The novel was inspired in part by real-life aboriginal World War I heroes Francis Pegahmagabow and John Shiwak. X How do we know this? It is quite odd, however, since they were discriminated upon at that time. One can also say that the language barrier is an external conflict.
The story of Xavier, Elijah and Niska and their tales of war, home and ancient traditions, is surely of the most unique novels ever written, and should be considered an unsurpassed gem. These superpowers stockpiled weapons and built up their military as a show of force to the other nations, each attempted to outdo their neighbours. The flashbacks show the setting before, during and after the war, showing the different situations in each time period. The actions that Elijah does in this chapter again indicate his constantly growing mental insanity because of morphine and the war. Xavier then told Elijah that the residential school taught him nothing which hurt Elijah feelings a bit probably because it was true and it brought back bad memories of abuse. Mist rises from craters and swirls in the stink.
Little Bird Dancer Niska recalls on one of her first hunts with Xavier. Xavier realizes Elijah has been completely broken by the war and must be put down. Niska tells stories of her past to warn and teach Xavier. I would bundle you tight in your tikonoggan and carry you on my back through the bush. Xavier's isolation from the group creates a difficult situation for him to work in; however, he overcomes this by demonstrating his skill in a competition among the ranks.
This points to the fact that the Cree soldiers are valued more for their skills than any inherent worth. As he abuses morphine, the real world becomes distorted. Xavier is shocked to know that Elijah used morphine and tells him not to do it again. The war has changed the two friends in drastically different ways. A world that was only controlled by his thirst for blood.
Before the war, we see the brutal reality of either residential schools or living in the wild. He is unable to stop killing and has become addicted to the fame he is rewarded with. Later on, Grey Eyes reports to the head officers that Elijah and Xavier have been using morphine and should face charges. The madness is to tell us to kill and to award those who do it well. For their efforts, aboriginal people were not even compensated for their efforts in the war. He struggles with the English and the people know that of him so he doesn't even make the effort to try and talk to them, when he is capable of understanding the jist of some things, and he could also get help if he truly cared.
The vivid descriptions Boyden gives while the soldiers are on the front lines kept me glued, wondering what the next page would reveal. It is actually a big part of the Cree culture. As the book progresses, he transitions to become more like Elijah. Their tongue is better for lies. When Elijah goes to Xavier, he does not recognize the other two figures and kills them.
But how does all this have to do with Canada? My friend lies still, arms stretched out from his body as if he welcomes the sky. I only wish to survive. We also thought that this moment was going to be a turning point to where Xavier begins starting the morphine at which we were surprised when he retracted it from his arm and then placed it into Elijah's. These factors hold an important responsibility on their personalities and the way that they think and make decisions. They then transform into horrible monsters. However, he still showed a strong relationship, an unbreakable friendship, to his companions through love and compassion. The three key differences between them that are paramount to the story and the themes of the novel are; firstly their respect for their Oji-Cree culture, secondly their respect and love for human life, and lastly their Then I find myself reaching for my knife.
Already Elijah is telling of his exploits I hear hear him making this story bigger, more dangerous, though he wasn't even the one shot at. They stare and point and talk about me as if they've not seen one of me before. This highlights how powerful his addiction is. However, his good intentions lead to disastrous results, as his poor translation ends up telling Xavier that he is the only surviving member of his family. Xavier, on one hand, loyal to his Aboriginal background and spirituality, possesses a strong sense of morality. Xavier walks around drinking rum, but realizes that Elijah is missing. Why did our own crusaders punish the Moors so exquisitely? It is their personal qualities that make them so prominent, and without these qualities they would be no different from any other.
Both Monkey Beach and Three Day Road are Native American literature. He also forms an unlikely friendship with Fat. She's been taught divining and traditional medicine by her mother and father, has seizures and sees visions. In the end, Elijah turned into an emotionless killing machine that became a threat to those around him; which led to his ultimate demise. It seems that Elijah is haunting Xavier, and the reader realizes that this is what Xavier is struggling against in the present time when he is with Niska.